Pennsylvania

  • April 26, 2017

    After Rough Patch, Pa. Firms Bullish On Energy

    Pennsylvania’s initial shale gas boom may be fully in the rear-view mirror, but after new well construction flatlined in 2015, energy lawyers in the state are seeing increased business and expressing renewed optimism — pointing to a surge in the title work that presages drilling and to increased downstream activities.

  • April 26, 2017

    Pharmacies’ Price-Fixing Actions Too Similar, Judge Says

    A Pennsylvania federal judge won’t reconsider denying certification to some independent and chain pharmacies accusing Medco and other benefit managers of paying them less than other chains for drug sales, ruling Wednesday they failed to demonstrate their proposed class didn't overlap with another would-be class alleging a similar price-fixing scheme.

  • April 26, 2017

    Widow Ends Wrongful-Death Suit Against NFL, Riddell

    The widow of a defensive tackle who died in 2009 of a brain aneurysm after retiring from the National Football League has resolved a wrongful death suit against the league and helmet maker Riddell Inc., according to documents filed Tuesday in Pennsylvania federal court.

  • April 26, 2017

    SEPTA Shielded From Philly Anti-Bias Law, Pa. Justices Say

    A divided Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a ruling finding that the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority could take advantage of sovereign immunity to avoid claims brought under Philadelphia’s anti-discrimination ordinance.

  • April 26, 2017

    Steel Co. Looks To Disqualify Attys In Product Defect Suit

    An Ohio steel service center argued in Pennsylvania federal court Monday that attorneys now representing an oil and gas service company in its suit against the center over allegedly faulty steel products should be disqualified, saying the attorneys’ representation of another party in the case poses a conflict of interest.

  • April 26, 2017

    Pennsylvania Sports Betting Bill Gets Committee Approval

    A bill to legalize sports betting in Pennsylvania casinos and licensed facilities passed its first hurdle on Tuesday as the Gaming and Oversight Committee in the state’s House of Representatives unanimously voted to move the legislation forward.

  • April 26, 2017

    Pa. Justices Won't Ax Abusive Litigation Suits Against Attys

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected arguments that a decades-old statute allowing attorneys to face civil liability for frivolous litigation ran afoul of its constitutional authority to police the legal industry.

  • April 25, 2017

    Penn Mutual Settles Insurance Surplus Fund Suit for $110M

    Pennsylvania Mutual Life Insurance Co. has struck a $110 million settlement with a class of policyholders who alleged the company breached its obligations by improperly withholding surplus funds rather than distributing them as dividends, bringing to a close a five-year-old suit in federal court.

  • April 25, 2017

    Titan Int'l Tire Co. Says Former Exec Stole Trade Secrets

    A former vice president for Titan International was accused Monday in Pennsylvania federal court of breaching a noncompete contract and taking business from the tire company by leaving his job and directing business to a rival.

  • April 25, 2017

    Boston Market TM Suit Grills Eatery's Copycat Admission

    Boston Market Corp. hit a small independent eatery with a trademark suit in Pennsylvania federal court Tuesday, claiming the owner of “Boston Style Chicken” has refused to change its “confusingly similar name” to the rotisserie chain’s and even admitted in an interview, “I did it on purpose.”

  • April 25, 2017

    Herr Escapes 'No Preservatives Added' Claims For Now

    A Pennsylvania federal judge dismissed all claims Monday in a proposed class action against Herr Foods Inc. over snacks allegedly mislabeled as free of preservatives, but he gave the consumer who brought the suit a chance to amend claims that the company violated New York law.

  • April 25, 2017

    Ex-Boilermakers Boss Indicted In Alleged $1.5M Fund Theft

    A western Pennsylvania labor leader was slapped with federal charges Monday alleging that he stole some $1.5 million in funds from an International Brotherhood of Boilermakers local for his own use and failed to pay taxes on the money.

  • April 25, 2017

    Ex-Pa. Judicial Ethics Panelist Gets 6½ Years In $3M Fraud

    A former Pennsylvania stockbroker who at one point sat on the state’s Court of Judicial Discipline received six and a half years in prison Monday after pleading guilty to a $3 million fraud scheme that involved false promises of real estate investments and wine and olive oil imports.

  • April 25, 2017

    Pa. AG Takes Patient Care Suit To State Supreme Court

    A lawsuit from Pennsylvania prosecutors accusing a nursing home chain of misrepresenting the quality of care it provides to residents is set to go before the state’s Supreme Court on appeal after being thrown out by a panel of judges late last month.

  • April 25, 2017

    Indicted Philly DA Blasts Predecessor's Removal Suit

    Philadelphia’s indicted district attorney has urged a state judge to find that a predecessor does not have standing to pursue a lawsuit seeking to have him removed from office in the wake of a federal bribery indictment last month.

  • April 25, 2017

    North River Can't Overturn $58M Damages In Asbestos Fight

    A Pennsylvania state court judge has rejected North River Insurance Co.’s efforts to overturn a total of nearly $58 million in damages awarded to a subsidiary of safety equipment manufacturer MSA Safety Inc. stemming from both a jury trial and a bench trial over asbestos coverage.

  • April 24, 2017

    Merck Loses Rehearing Bid In 3rd Circ. Fosamax Warning Suit

    The Third Circuit on Monday declined to reconsider its decision to revive claims in multidistrict litigation against Merck over an alleged failure to warn patients about the risk of irregular hip fractures caused by its osteoporosis drug Fosamax.

  • April 24, 2017

    Pa. 'Trigger' Ruling Eases Path To Toxic Cleanup Coverage

    A Pennsylvania court on Friday rejected an insurance carrier's argument that a chemical manufacturer's coverage for litigation over the cleanup of a toxic waste site is limited to the policy in effect when property damage was first discovered, a ruling that could give policyholders access to a wider swath of policies for claims tied to gradual damage.

  • April 24, 2017

    Pa. Firm Sued For Bungling $50M In Seyfarth Atty Suits

    A series of lawsuits filed in an Illinois state court last week accuse Pittsburgh-based Minto Law Group LLC of botching up to $50 million worth of lawsuits against a former Seyfarth Shaw LLP attorney accused of duping clients into investing in a massive tax shelter scheme.

  • April 24, 2017

    Pharmacy Says Aetna Owes $533K For Hemophilia Drugs

    A pharmacy that specializes in treating people with hemophilia sued Aetna Inc. in Pennsylvania federal court Friday, claiming the insurer arbitrarily refused to pay more than $533,000 in claims for hemophilia drugs after promising it would.

Expert Analysis

  • The 9-Year Winning Streak Of Virginia ‘Rocket Docket’

    Bob Tata

    Out of 94 district courts, the Eastern District of Virginia has been the fastest civil trial docket in the country for nine straight years. Without micromanaging the process, the EDVA's judges, magistrate judges, and clerks and staff continue to perform at a stunningly efficient level, says Bob Tata of Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • What Act 170 Means For Shareholder Litigation In Pa.

    Michael Kichline

    Pennsylvania corporations should not overlook Act 170’s provisions concerning shareholder litigation, which differ from Delaware’s standards and procedures in several important respects. The newly effective law is more demanding of shareholders and deferential to the properly considered determinations of a corporation, say Michael Kichline and Stuart Steinberg of Dechert LLP.

  • Opinion

    Let's Talk About Half-Hearted Innovation

    Michael Moradzadeh

    Allowing attorneys to telecommute may seem like a great fix for law firms. But without significant changes to the firm's culture, telecommuting is just a patch applied to the problem of attrition, says Michael Moradzadeh, founding partner of Rimon PC.

  • Protecting Communications From PR Privilege Issues

    Donna Fisher

    Two recent opinions out of Pennsylvania and California state courts offer important lessons for avoiding claims of privilege waiver when using public relations consultants during litigation, say attorneys with Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • 10 Tips For Creating Winning Trial Visuals

    Kerri Ruttenberg

    Effective visuals require effective design. In her new book, "Images with Impact: Design and Use of Winning Trial Visuals," published by the American Bar Association, trial lawyer and Jones Day partner Kerri Ruttenberg discusses how to design and use visuals to help viewers understand, believe and remember the messages being conveyed.

  • Roundup

    Counsel To Counsel: Insights From Law Firm GCs

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    General counsel at four law firms share the biggest issues they face in an increasingly complex legal environment.

  • The 'State' Of The Gig Economy Under Trump

    Amy Strauss

    There is no question that America’s sharing economy is growing and showing no signs of slowing down. However, if the Trump administration continues its hands-off approach to worker misclassification issues, and court decisions create as much confusion as clarity, we may be forced to look to state legislatures to take control, says Amy Strauss of Fisher Phillips.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: The Attorney-Client Team

    Robert Creo

    A 1979 study of attorney-client interactions revealed startling information: Despite years of education and training to hone their legal expertise, attorneys were not acting as independent counselors but rather allowing their clients to control them. Our experience is that this trend has accelerated, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.

  • Opinion

    Why Roe V. Wade Will Not Be Overturned

    Donald Scarinci

    The threat that abortion will become illegal again by overturning Roe v. Wade has been a blockbuster campaign slogan in presidential elections for the last 40 years. Like most campaign rhetoric, this threat is not based in reality, says Donald Scarinci, managing partner of Scarinci Hollenbeck LLC.

  • Series

    Counsel To Counsel: Mama Said There'll Be Days Like This

    Peter J. Engstrom

    It's no longer enough for law firms simply to provide expert legal advice — we are expected to mirror clients' legal, ethics and social commitments and promises. For law firm GCs, the resulting job demands seem to grow exponentially, says Peter Engstrom, general counsel of Baker McKenzie.